Ipswich Independent Candidate Patricia Petersen.
Ipswich Independent Candidate Patricia Petersen. Sarah Harvey

Police, supervisor and Petersen clash at polling station

A POLLING supervisor at Raceview State School says he called police to the polling station after Ipswich Independent candidate Patricia Petersen ignored three requests to stop harassing voters.

He also claimed that Ms Petersen was not staying within the designated boundaries.

The police were called shortly after the supervisor went to remove her election campaign signs for being too close to the polling booths.

Ms Petersen claimed that she was campaigning in the designated "6m rule".

The supervisor added that everything was sorted out "amicably".

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However Petersen said she was left feeling embarrassed.

Ms Petersen disputed the polling supervisor's claims and told the QT she had "done nothing wrong".

Ms Petersen said she was "sick of the bullying tactics" that had been used against her in the campaign.

This is the second incident involving the Independent candidate this week.

On Thursday police were called to resolve a disturbance at the polling booth at Ipswich City Mall.

Ms Petersen said police officers escorted her away from the booth and centre management would not allow her to return for three hours. She said there was no altercation.

"For that period of time I was very disadvantaged. If it comes down to the wire ... there are very solid grounds for me querying the result," Ms Petersen said.
 



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